Family of car accident victim speaks out
The family of an 18-year-old girl who was killed in a single vehicle car crash almost a year ago in Lac Brome in the Eastern Townships, is speaking publicly for the first time about the incident.
Police say they believe excessive speed may have been a factor in the November 12 accident that killed 18-year-old Natasha Lavigne and Alexandra Laliberté, who would've celebrated her 20th birthday today. They died when the Mercedes they were in crashed into a tree on Bondville Road where the speed limit is 50 km/h.
Sarah Cousineau-Denis of Knowlton, 18, is charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death. She turned herself in the day the warrant went out last week for her arrest. She is out on $2000 bail and had to surrender her driver's licence.
David Jones, Lavigne's uncle, said they're relieved the motorist surrendered to police, calling it a welcome development after a long and emotional 11 months for the family.
"The family has been really remarkable in the space of all of this. The anger is certainly there. We've remained pretty composed," Jones said on the Barry Morgan Show on CJAD 800.
"Just waiting for the system to do what it has to do."
Jones said he's optimistic with the stiffer sentences dangerous drivers have been getting but that there needs to be more awareness.
"You see my brother-in-law, Natasha's father, clinging to an 8 x 10 photo of her as the hearse pulled away at the funeral, I think that was obviously very impactful but you sort of get to know how common these things are," Jones said.
"Accountability is huge. All drivers have a definite responsibility. Road safety is a definite issue," Jones said, adding they have faith in the system.
"Justice needs to be served here."
A memorial commemorating the one year anniversary of the women's deaths will be held November 9.
Photos: Facebook/ Natasha Lavigne family